The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers had a difficult time getting warmed up last Thursday night on their home courts in Putnam Park.
It was a cloudy, cold, 45 degree late afternoon.
The Luverne Cardinals, however, got hot right away and cruised to a 7-0 win over the Bucs.
None of the matches were very close as Luverne showed some power on the courts.
Hunter Myers played at the No. 1 singles position for the Buccaneers and fell 6-1, 6-0 to the Cards Jonny Vajgrt.
At No. 2 singles, BEA's Leon Chaudhari had what would be the Bucs' closest match. He lost to Andrew Jelken 6-3, 6-2.
Chandler Kienitz took on Erik Wohnoutka at the No. 3 singles spot and the Buccaneer lost 6-1, 6-1.
His brother, seventh-grader Parker Kienitz, played at No. 4 singles for the first time. He lost to Cardinal ninth-grader Isaac Gillette by scores of 6-3, 6-0.
BEA only managed to win three games in doubles action.
Jaron King and Martin Granados lost to Blake Ziegler and Cory Stroeh by a 6-0, 6-1 score at the No. 1 doubles slot.
Buccaneers Justus Thelen and Spencer Petersen teamed up to take on Hunter Robinson and Chris Jelken at No. 2 doubles. The Cardinal duo won 6-0, 6-0.
At No. 3 doubles, Mason Hehr and Spenser Timmerman battled Toby Sengvongxay and Dalton Schuenemann, but lost 6-1, 6-1.
This week the Buccaneer netters will get ready for the Section Team Tournament on Wednesday, followed by the Section Individual Tournament on Thursday and Friday.
Fairmont 5, BEA 2
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers got a couple of long, hard-fought wins from two of their singles players, but it wasn't enough.
The BEA tennis team fell to the Fairmont Cardinals by a score of 5-2 on a cold and windy Tuesday afternoon in Blue Earth last week.
The Bucs' Leon Chaudhari had to go to three sets and a tie breaker set to eventually down the Cards' Sterlin Johnson at the No. 2 singles spot.
Chaudhari, one of BEA's exchange students, won the first set 6-4. He lost the second set 6-3.
In the third set, Chaudhari led by just one, 7-6, at the end of the match, forcing a tie breaker which he narrowly won 7-5.
BEA had their other victory at the No. 4 singles spot.
Chance Andrews pulled out a three set 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win over Fairmont's Tony Joseph.
The Cardinals won the other five matches against the Bucs.
At No. 1 singles, BEA's Hunter Myers fell 6-2, 6-1 to Fairmont's Manuel Martinez.
Chandler Kienitz lost to Tyler Head at the No. 3 singles position, 6-0, 6-6 (7-1).
At the No. 1 doubles spot, the Buccaneer duo of Jaron King and Martin Granados lost to Fairmont's Carter Klanderud and Henrique Marquez by scores of 6-2, 6-0.
Another BEA exchange student, Justus Thelen, teamed with Mason Hehr at the No. 2 doubles spot and lost to Ryan Busche and Mitch Anderson, 6-0, 6-1.
A couple of younger Buccaneers teamed up to play at the No. 3 doubles spot.
Middle schoolers Spen- cer Petersen and Parker Kienitz took on Cardinals Jake Kallenbach and Andy Hagen, and lost in a close battle, 6-4, 7-5.